Working from home certainly has its advantages. The first few times I stayed home during weekdays, however, I was shocked at how frequently the phone rings! Since then, we've registered on various do-not-call lists. New York state had one fairly early on, and it seemed to be effective. Unfortunately, the registry does not apply to businesses with which you already have a relationship.
So the main offender these days is Chase bank. They call here literally twice a day, every single day. Art and I both have cards with Chase, although unlike many of our cards, they are separate accounts. So practically every day that I am home, I get to talk to some bored Desi with an unlikely name like ‘Veronica’ or ‘James.’ “No, I'm not interested in the credit protector.” “No, I'm not an authorized card-holder on that account.”
Today, the proverbial straw was placed, and I blew up at some poor woman – this was the second Chase call within an hour – who supposedly was not trying to sell the credit protector, but rather needed to contact Art about his account.
I called back immediately to close my account in protest. (Nothing gets the attention of a faceless bureaucracy like terminating your relationship with them. Back when Cablevision was persuading me to switch from Dish Network to their DVR system, the only way I could find to speak to people powerful enough to comprehend the defects with their technology was to ask the first-tier knuckle-draggers to close the account.) Anyway, the friendly Desi I spoke to at Chase this time recommended keeping the account but getting on their internal do-not-call list. Hint to other Chase annoyees: 800 945 9470. Allow 30 days to take effect. So my relationship with Chase was spared for another day.
But immediately afterwards, feeling a lack of satisfaction, I took a pair of scissors to my card. We have too many of these damn things anyway.